• Kids from school group in front of alligator aquarium display at Baltimore Aquarium

    Summer Programs field trip to the Baltimore Aquarium

  • Middle school students preparing to seine for fish

    Middle school students learn about nearshore habitats and seine for fish and invertebrates in Grades K-8 Programs

  • Group program learning about forest ecology

    SERC offers Group Programs for organized groups of all ages and interests

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is dedicated to providing high quality educational programs that incorporate SERC research with hands-on and inquiry-based learning. Our programs are led by SERC staff and highly-trained volunteers, and emphasize the practices of science – one of the major components of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). While our main activities focus on grades K-12, we also offer programs for organized groups and teacher professional development. Programs are offered year round, with the majority of activities and classes held outside on our 2,600 acre campus and along the Rhode River.